People on the Move – Brooke Grove Retirement Village Celebrates 60 Years of Service
In 1950, Harry S Truman was president, and the United States was on the brink of involvement in the Korean War. The average income was $3,216, and the Dow Jones average was 216. A gallon of gas could be purchased for 18 cents and a loaf of bread for 14 cents.
In Montgomery County, Maryland, Eleanor Howe Marston opened her home — later known as Brooke Grove Rehabilitation and Nursing Center — to two patients needing nursing care. A registered nurse, Mrs. Marston became an entrepreneur at age 53 and soon established the nonprofit Brooke Grove Foundation (BGF).
From these humble beginnings 60 years ago, BGF’s Sandy Spring, Maryland, campus grew into Brooke Grove Retirement Village (BGRV), a 220-acre wooded campus that offers independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, rehabilitative, and memory support care. BGF also encompasses Williamsport Retirement Village in Williamsport, Maryland, and Rest Assured Residential Living in Meyersdale.
The community is invited to join residents, family members, staff and volunteers for BGRV’s 60th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, June 10, an exciting, free event that marks a major milestone in the organization’s history of service to seniors. From 5 to 7 p.m., young and old alike will delight in a smorgasbord of musical offerings as participants “Journey through Time” on horse-drawn carriage and bus rides through BGRV’s 220 acres and into the past. Stops throughout campus will allow visitors to enjoy:
• “History Hall” with the soothing sounds of “Strings for Joy”;
• “Bluegrass Melodies with the Mountain View Band,” where guitar, mandolin, banjo, bass and vocals meld to create musical magic;
• “Classic Oldies with the PDQ Quartet,” one of the top vocal quartets in the Mid-Atlantic Region; and
• “Fondue and Lou,” with jazz favorite performed by Pianist Lou Jones.
Beginning at 6 p.m., the “Mike and Tai Jazz Flute and Guitar Duo” will set the mood for the evening’s biggest attraction as guests begin gathering in Sharon courtyard to enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by strolling musicians Mike Gillispie and Taimoor Saeedi.
The day’s festivities will culminate with a 7 p.m. concert by the Olney Big Band, whose members have been certified by the Sally Bennett Hall of Fame as its first “Ambassadors of Big Band music.” Directed by Dr. Rip Rice, a resident of BGRV’s independent living community, the 18 musicians and two vocalists of the band specialize in the music of the “Jazz Age.” The Olney Big Band has been performing in the Washington area since 2002 and is well-known and appreciated for its toe-tapping rhythms and memorable swing, dance and jazz melodies.
For more information or to RSVP, please call BGRV’s admissions office at 301-260-2320 or send an e-mail to Director of Marketing Toni Davis at [email protected]. BGRV is located at 18131 Slade School Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860.